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How to Build Your Own Save-a-Dive Kit
« on: January 30, 2017, 02:44:17 PM »
How to Build Your Own Save-a-Dive Kit

It’s not if, but when, you’ll rely on the contents of your save-a-dive kit: your mask strap breaks as you're getting geared up, your buddy's regulator mouthpiece is leaking, an o-ring blows. If you’re not prepared, you’re not diving. I've been that guy on the surface while everyone else is having the dive of their lives.  Use our list below to start assembling your own save-a-dive kit.

Pre-packaged kits are available, but it's much more effective (and less costly) to build your own.  You may even have some of these items already.  Here is a sample list of items to get you started:

  • Fin straps *
  • Mask strap * or extra mask
  • Regulator mouthpiece
  • Zip/cable ties
  • Nail clippers
  • O-rings
  • Waterproof Band-Aids / plasters
  • Duct tape or electrical tape
  • Batteries
  • Silicone grease for o-rings
  • Multi-tool/adjustable wrench
  • Port plugs – include both high and low pressure port plugs
  • Defog
  • Bolt snaps
  • Snorkel keeper
  • Copy of dive insurance card
  • Spare PADI C-card
  • Sea-sickness medication

* If you upgraded to spring straps for your fins, the original straps make great spares.  The same is true for your mask strap, if you've upgraded to a Velcro strap.

The list above is just a suggested list.  Each save-a-dive kit is unique.  (Which means that if you don't have something you need on a dive boat, there's a chance that your dive buddies do.)  Depending on the type of diving you do, you may need to add/remove items from this list.  If you dive with a dry suit, you may want to bring an extra low-pressure inflator hose and a tube of zipper wax.  Underwater photographers, technical divers, and certain specialty dives may require additional items not on this list. If you have any questions about what should be in your kit, ask your instructor.

Once you've collected all of the items that you think would make a good kit, you need to find some way to store them.  I use a Pelican case.  They're watertight and very durable.  The only problem with them is that since they are rigid, they take up a bit of room on a cramped dive boat.  Some divers prefer a flexible container, like a dry bag. 

Now you have a proper save-a-dive kit for those times when problems occur.  The best way to avoid problems in the first place is to take care of your gear and have it serviced regularly. The PADI Equipment Specialist course is great starting place to learn proper “care and feeding” of your scuba equipment.  For more information, contact the shop.

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